Stinque Recipe Challenge

Making lasagna with homemade bolognese – my recipe:

1/8 stick butter
1/8 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
Half tablespoon each basil, mint (both fresh if available), red pepper flakes – 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Half lb. Beef – finest kind/grind; ½ lb. Pork – finest kind/grind
6-8 oz. of thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 can tomato paste
3/4 cup red wine
1 ½ cups beef stock
1/4 cup cream (optional)

1) brown meat and set aside; heat fat in heavy frying pan on medium, cook garlic slowly until it just changes color, add onion, carrot, celery, and spices, cook until onion is just translucent;

2) raise heat, add bacon and cook for 2 more minutes;

3) deglaze with red wine, cook for 1 minute – add beef stock, stir, then add tomato paste;

4) cover and cook on lowest heat, adding stock and wine if the sauce becomes too dry – from 2-3 hours, skim fat as necessary;

5) finish with cream (optional) – cook 2-3 minutes until sauce sets;

6) serve over fresh pasta, or anything else you wish.

This is a compilation of a bunch of recipes I used to use. I can’t emphasize the importance of low and slow. Usually I wind up putting about 3/4 of a bottle of wine in with extra stock (and 1/4 of the bottle goes into me). I use the grating blade in the food processor for the vegetables – they’ll dissolve anyway.

This is the bolognese done:

OK – let’s assemble this bitch;

Olive oil in the bottom of the Pyrex, then a bottom layer of pasta (ordinarily I’d make the pasta, but sort of tired so I used Fairway fresh pasta – they sell sheets!):

The cheese is 16 ounces of ricotta, a nice dollop of small curd cottage cheese, and an egg yolk …

So pasta, meat, pasta, cheese, pasta, meat, pasta, cheese … layer it up, then put leftover cheese, any leftover bolognese, and a thick layer of shredded mozarella, and parsley and basil on the top – used dry spices this time b/c I forgot to get fresh at the grocery store;

And it goes into the oven for an hour @ 375 and, voila, the result appears in the first photo. Serve it with a nice tomato/basil sauce, because you don’t want it to be dry.


12:43 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

If you’re a fan of bad movies, as I am, watch Vanishing on 7th Street – cost 10 mil and made less than 100k.

12:45 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

A podcast I listen to from time to time that deconstructs horrible movies:

12:50 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@ManchuCandidate: Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble On podcast similarly has “Movies that Will Suck” segment.

12:53 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@ManchuCandidate: And the single best movie review I’ve ever read is here.

6:18 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012
6:53 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

May I be the first to shove my face in that bubbling yumminess?

I’ve recently brought myself back to Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking. It was a different world. Check out how to boil an egg.

7:00 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

My above comment does not extend to the flesh of sentient animals tortured to death.

7:11 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

BREAKING HARD: Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died. Who’s third?

7:13 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@SanFranLefty: Am I a bad person for thinking Rupert Holmes?

7:17 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@SanFranLefty: Or, if you want genre-appropriate, there are still four Village People left.

7:19 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@SanFranLefty: For that matter, I’ve never forgiven John Williams for the disco version of Star Wars that came with the original soundtrack album.


Close Encounters. I think it was because someone else got to Disco Star Wars first.

7:23 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@nojo: No. He’s a talentless hacktastic crumpy dumpy plagiaristic fuck-wad.

7:27 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@Benedick: I don’t think I would have quite used those words at the time. But it was the moment when everybody around me turned into airheads.

Historical context: Imagine everybody in your life holding toga parties with “Pina Colada” on the stereo. Welcome to College Hell.

8:04 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@nojo: Thanks for the fucking ear worm. I can never decide whether “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” or Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” is the worse ’70s earworm. Horrifying as it is, I know all the words to both songs. And have them on iTunes rotation.
Of course, I don’t think The Simpsons has appropriated “Escape” yet, so it doesn’t have the cool points of “Cat’s in the Cradle.”

8:34 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@SanFranLefty: It’s an easy parody, but I have a soft spot for Cat’s in the Cradle. Pina Colada is unforgivable.

But hey, since you’re already fucked: Dust in the winnnnnnnnnnd…

10:10 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

Paul’s back… and weirder… yikes.

10:28 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@ManchuCandidate: I wanna know which rich bastard could afford a remote-control TV in 1967.

10:40 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

Don driving a Jag is like a shotgun on the mantle in the first act.

10:42 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

I used to drive my dad crazy with his remote TV (early 70s) as a toddler. Since IR remotes weren’y around, they were sound activated, I figured out how to change channels by throwing down coins. It usually did and then my dad would lose his mind.

11:12 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

@ManchuCandidate: I thought they were radio. But then, we never had one.

Friends did. I loved the chunk-chunk-chunk as primitive remotes turned mechanical dials. Mechanical dials with plastic knobs: There was a point in the life of all TVs when you kept pliers handy to change the channel.

11:26 pm • Sunday • May 20, 2012

Zenith ones were sound.

Yup. My friends had a BW TV in university (early 90s) with a pair of vice grips to control the knobs. That was till one day one of my friends went insane and threw the TV off the balcony.

12:07 am • Monday • May 21, 2012

@Benedick: you are always welcome here – lasagna is easy and fun.

1:04 am • Monday • May 21, 2012

Tomorrow’s Outrage Tonight:

Oceanside cop shoots and kills a drunk guy wielding a broomstick in broad daylight. One bullet and down.

Oh. Right. Drunk guy was black.

1:18 am • Monday • May 21, 2012

@nojo: afraid to look …

11:55 pm • Tuesday • May 22, 2012
12:36 am • Wednesday • May 23, 2012

@mellbell: Meanwhile, I’ve just been watching a couple of X-Files episodes featuring Michael McKean. Nobody cross me, if you know what’s good for you.

3:21 am • Wednesday • May 23, 2012

@nojo: Still waiting for the outrage…

@ManchuCandidate: The Clicker!

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